4 EHR Best Practices for Improving Clinical Workflows

4 EHR Best Practices for Improving Clinical Workflows

Although EHRs are a point of debate, it is important for users to understand how to leverage them to improve clinical workflows.

August 15, 2016 - EHR systems and their ability to improve clinical workflows is a heated point of debate between different healthcare professionals. Some believe EHRs are critical for improving clinical workflows while others say they are a hindrance.

Despite this debate, it is critical to understand how EHR use can work to improve a healthcare practice. After all, most of the industry is using these tools, with adoption up to nearly 100 percent. While providers either love or hate EHRs, it is clear that these technologies are not going anywhere.

As a result, users may want to consider adopting a set of practices to ensure their EHR use best ensures improved clinical workflow.

Develop a workflow plan prior to EHR project

Whether a practice is adopting an EHR for the first time, replacing their old one, or undergoing an optimization project, it is important that practice leaders develop a revised workflow plan taking into account the new technology.

EHRs and their many functionalities are guaranteed to change the way in which providers approach their workflows, so anticipating that change and mitigating any potential disruptions is critical for ensuring a smooth workflow transition.